Free, Private, Green. Make an environmental impact with X Cloud

After almost two years in the making, X Cloud is ready to shine. X Cloud strives to provide the most secure and private cloud storage service. With X Cloud, your files are always encrypted, and only you can decrypt them, with the decryption key that you hold. Making use of distributed technology adds an extra layer of security to our ecosystem. With X Cloud, users will be able to use up to 1GB of our superior cloud storage for free or upgrade to our 100GB and 1TB (one trillion bytes) plans. Additionally, by using X Cloud, you’re also making a positive impact in the world. There are many articles on how X Cloud is more secure than other alternatives -you can read so here, here, here, here, here… In this article, however, we are not going to talk about how you’ll be helping yourself by choosing X Cloud. We are going to talk about how you’ll be helping the Earth by using X Cloud.

Through using X Cloud you are not only making the best choice for yourself, but you are also helping the planet.

Research was conducted by prestigious Laboratoire de Physique Statistique, Ecole Normale Superieure Paris, and Research and tech development, Cubbit srl, Bologna. The results were published under a paper titled “The carbon footprint of a distributed cloud storage” (February 2019). This study compared a distributed architecture used by companies like Internxt, to that of traditional, centralized cloud storage services such as those of Google, Tresorit, Sync, etc. As highlighted by the study, an estimation of the total impact of the information communication technologies ecosystem approaches 1500 TWh of annual consumption, which roughly amounts for 10% of the world’s energy consumption.

By comparing the power needed to store 1TB of data in a traditional service to an alternative setup where data is stored on a decentralized network, similar to the one X Cloud makes use of, the study found a 50% reduction of the energy needed to transfer data from the cloud to the user, and back. More precisely, for 10 TB of transferred data per day, ~7,000 kgCO2 emitted per year would be saved. The study also found that simply storing 10TB worth of data would save ~1000 kgCO2/year. In decentralized architectures like that of X Cloud, shards are distributed in nodes that are located in geographical proximity to the user. Additionally, we leverage user computers that are already turned on, thus X Core can run in the background without using up a significant amount of additional energy.

Finally, if we speculate about the overall data volume of a global consumer cloud storage service, like Dropbox or Google, values rise dramatically. Such interpolations have to be taken with due caution since estimations are based on undisclosed values. For the sake of speculation, the study considered a userbase of 600 million users. If we extrapolate the estimations of the model, we obtain a total saved annual energy, using a distributed architecture instead of a centralized one, of ∼ 1,5*10⁹ kWh, equivalent to saving carbon emissions of the order of 700 million kgCO2 per year.

Read the paper on The carbon footprint of a distributed cloud storage